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TEST1 Introduction to Sips

1. True/False: SIP technology was originally developed in the 1980's
True

False

2. True/False: SIPs are recognized in the International Residential Code (IRC)
True

False

3. SIPs with oriented strand board (OSB) skins are available in sizes up to:
4' x 8'

4' x 12'

8' x 12'

8' x 24'

4. True/ False: The most common use of SIPs is in floor applications
True

False

5. Which of the following is considered a major development in the evolution of SIP technology:
Jumbo OSB

Sheet metal brake

Moisture-cured adhesive

All of the above

6. The most common SIP skin material is:
Metal

Cementitious

Extruded polystyrene

Oriented strand board (OSB)

7. True/False: SIPs are bilaterally symmetrical, meaning that moisture or water vapor can dry in either direction.
True

False

8. True/False: Fire ratings are determined based on the performance of an entire wall or roof assembly.
True

False

9. Termites and carpenter ants are attracted to:
Foam insulation

Cellulosic materials

Borates

All of the above

10. True/False: All types of SIPs have the same R-Value per inch.
True

False

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Test 2 Basic Design And Engineering
1. True/False: All manufacturer members of SIPA have a code listing and load design charts.
True

False

2. Which SIP spline connection is the most energy efficient?
Single dimension lumber

Box spline/ surface spline

Double dimensional lumber

I-Joist

3. True/False: SIPs are always the best option for every roof design.
True

False

4. True/False: Designs for a conventionally-framed structure can be used to create a SIP layout drawing.
True

False

5. SIP designers must consider which of the following when designing a SIP structure?
The budget

The engineer

The installer

All of the above

6. SIP walls that are supported by concrete require:
A capillary break

Extra pre-planning

Increased anchor bolt schedule

Treated OSB skins

7. What should be taken into account by the designer to determine the appropriate SIP thickness?
Energy modeling

R-Value

Load design

All of the above

8. True/False: Posts can be incorporated into SIP walls to carry large point loads or high wind loads.
True

False

9. True/False: Overhangs on a SIP roof always have to be finished to the full thickness of the SIP used.
True

False

10. True/False: There are very few options available when designing a SIP roof support system.
True

False

Test 3 The Order Process

1. Who should be involved in a pre-construction meeting for a SIP project?
Electrician

Plumber

HVAC contractor

All of the above

2. True/False: It is more accurate to do a panel quote before the preliminary design phase.
True

False

3. True/False: All SIP designs need to be engineer approved.
True

False

4. True/False: Using a blank panel package will save time on installation.
True

False

5. Which structural design element is not crucial to SIP design?
Beam or rafter details

Load transfer

Interior surface finish

Panel span capacity

6. True/False: As a SIP builder or installer, it is your responsibility to provide input on the SIP design.
True

False

7. True/False: SIP manufacturers are the only source for SIPs and SIP services.
True

False

8. True/False: Engineering can affect the price of panels.
True

False

9. What is meant by the term "area take-off?"
Removing a panel from structure

Calculating the square feet of required panels

Proper disassembly process

Location of nearest airport

10. How does a ready-to-assemble panel package differ from a pre-cut package?
Lumber and splines installed where possible

Interior finish is applied

Exterior finish is applied

Door and window openings have been cut

Test 4 SIP Building Science

Which of the following books is a great resource to understand the building science associated with SIPs:
SIP: Understanding the Session Initiation Protocol, Second Edition, by Alan B. Johnston

Builder's Guide to Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), by Joseph Lstiburek

Building an Affordable House, by Fernando Pages Ruiz

SIP Demystified, by Gonzalo Camarillo

2. What is necessary for water management?
Drainage

Deflection

Drying

All of the above

3. Which of the following is most important to avoid moisture problems with building assemblies:
Keep water out

Let materials dry

Use treated lumber

Make sure assemblies dry more than they wet

4. True/False: A major advantage of SIP construction is that air leakage is controlled and this results in lower energy use.
True

False

5. SIPs need which of the following to ensure low air leakage:
SIP sealants and/or SIP tape at joints

House wrap

Siding

Treated lumber plates

6. Heat is transferred by:
Radiation

Convection

Conduction

All of the above

7. True/False: A vented attic is considered conditioned space.
True

False

8. True/False: Thermal bridging can occur in SIPs with poor tolerances at the joints.
True

False

9. True/False: Ventilation for wall and roof cladding should be considered in regions with high annual rainfall.
True

False

10. If the rules of building science are followed, which of the following occur:
Improved indoor air quality

Improved durability

Improved occupant comfort

All of the above

Test 5 Sip Layout drawings
1. True/False: You are required to use a licensed architect or engineer to draft panel layout drawings.
True

False

2. Panel layout drawings serve which of the following purposes:
Engineering review

Installation Guide

Fabrication guide for panel providers

All of the above

3. Which of the following may need to be submitted to receive a building permit:
SIP load design charts

Ventilation notes

Cladding attachment schedule

Paint colors

4. True/False: All panel layout drawings contain colored isometric views
True

False

5. True/False: All panel layout drawings contain connection details
True

False

6. (Blank) must be transferred all the way from the roof to the foundation
Bulk water

Point loads

Roof shingles

SIPs

7. Builders should examine which of the following when reviewing panel layout drawings:
Roof overhangs

Fastening schedule

Rough openings

All of the above

8. SIP warranties can be contingent on:
Type of windows used

Proper ventilation

Paint colors

Proper kitchen cabinet attachment

9. Panel layout drawings function similar to:
Color renderings

Architectural drawings

Engineered truss drawings

Interior design layouts

10. True/False: The panel layout drawing MUST be completed before applying for a building permit.
True

False

Test 6 Site Planning and coordination
1. Which of the following jobsite conditions can create challenges when installing SIPs:
Overhead power lines

Trees and limbs

High winds

All of the above

2. Which of the following are recommended for safe SIP installation:
OSHA fall protection training

OSHA forklift certification

OSHA 10-hour course

All of the above

3. True/False: During the SIP installation, it is best to do the installation without other trades onsite.
True

False

4. Which type of equipment can be used to install SIPs:
Forklift

Boom truck

Crane

All of the above

5. True/False: Making sure you have plenty of space to store panels onsite is very important when planning your installation and
selecting SIP sizes
True

False

6. How much time is typically allowed by common carriers for unloading trucks once they arrive on the job site?
One hour

Two hours

Four hours

Fifteen minutes

7. True/False: Prior to starting, it is not necessary to meet with the plumber or electrician
True

False

8. True/False: SIPs are more difficult to adjust to an out of the square foundation than stick framing.
True

False

9. True/False: When using a forklift, fork extensions are necessary for unloading 8' panels.
True

False

10. When storing panels onsite, panels longer than _________ require at least three stickers to prevent bowing:
8 feet

10 feet

12 feet

14 feet

Test 7 layout panel installation
1. Preparing panels prior to lifting includes which of the following operations:
Drilling for electrical chases

Installing lumber

Pre-drilling screws

All of the above

2. True/False: When setting wall panels, it is best to start in the middle of the wall.
True

False

3. True/False: SIP walls do not require bracing, even in high wind situations
True

False

4. True/False: Window and door openings can be used to rig a panel for lifting.
True

False

5. SIP installers often install _________ to keep the SIP installation on track:
Floor systems

Appliances

Drywall

Windows

6. It is recommended that installers label __________ for efficient and accurate installation:
Panel locations on the floor deck

Electrical chases

Voids that need to be filled

All of the above

7. True/False: SIP installers do not need to inspect the building envelope after electrical, plumbing and HVAC has been installed.
True

False

8. Ideally, SIP tape should be applied:
As panels are installed

On the inside and outside of panel joints

After roofing felt has been applied

When panels are wet

9. Gaps larger than _______ should be sealed with two-part expanding form:
1 inch

3 inches

6 inches

10 inches

10. True/False: SIP mastic is typically used in three-bead system to ensure an airtight seal.
True

False

Test 8 Integrating Mechanical Systems
1. True/False: It is acceptable to cut vertical grooves through the inside skin of a SIP to run electrical wiring where needed.
True

False

2. True/False: When placing a penetration through a SIP wall, the opening should be as small as possible for a snug fit that limits air
infiltration.
True

False

3. In the event that plumbing needs to be placed in an exterior wall of a SIP building, you should:
Request a plumbing chase from the SIP manufacturer

Create a chase using the "hot ball" technique

Frame out a wet wall or surface chase

Groove the panel with a sawzall

4. To assist the electrical subcontractor, it is recommended that SIP installers:
Schedule a pre-construction meeting

Label all electrical chases

Drill sill plates at electrical chases

All of the above

5. True/False: It is impossible for SIP installers to add electrical chases on the job site.
True

False

6. Failure to dehumidify, inefficiency, and shorter equipment life are consequences of:
HVAC short cycling

Plumbing in SIP walls

Back-drafting combustion appliances

Unsealed penetrations

7. The ideal ventilation strategy for a cold, heating-only climate is:
Fan cycler

Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

Studor Vent

8. The procedure used to determine the amount of air leakage through the building envelope is:
Duct blaster test

Thermal imaging

Blower door test

Manual J

9. A well-sealed SIP building envelope can reach air leakage rates of:
6 ACH50

4 ACH50

2 ACH50

1 ACH50

10. True/False: Sealed and power-vented combustion appliances should be used in SIP homes
True

False

Test 9 Finish material and Detailing
1. Which of the following types of wall claddings can NOT be used on SIPs:
Stucco

Brick

Stone veneer

None of the above

2. Which of the following is NOT considered a reservoir cladding:
Cedar shingles

Fiber cement lap siding

Vinyl siding

Brick veneer

3. True/False: Reservoir claddings should be back-ventilated regardless of climate zone.
True

False

4. Which of the following types of wall claddings needs to be back-ventilated when installed over SIP walls in a wet cement:
Stucco

Fiber cement siding

Vinyl siding

Both A and B

5. Who determines the fastening schedule for attaching siding to SIP walls:
The SIP manufacturer

The siding manufacturer

The SIP installer

The general contractor

6. True/False: Pre-applied finishes can get in the way of properly sealing SIPs.
True

False

7. True/False: Rafter tails can be embedded in SIP roof panels.
True

False

8. True/False: A cold roof uses vents in the soffits and ridge to help circulate air through the attic, keeping the roof cool.
True

False

9. A slight movement of SIP roof panels due to heat and moisture can cause:
Shingle ridging

A hot roof

Thermal bridging

All of the above

10. True/False: Unlike siding, roofing materials do not need to be back-ventilated over a SIP roof in a wet climate.
True

False

Test 10 SIP Sales
1. What is the most common objection to building with SIPs?
Durability

Moisture and mold

Price

Strength

2. Which of the following is NOT an approved method of building code acceptance for SIPs?
ICC Legacy Report

LEED approval

NTA / SIPA Report

None of the above

3. True/False: Complex design features are difficult to construct using SIPs.
True

False

4. Which type of sound would be most noticeable in a SIP home?
Ambient outside noise

Contact sounds

High frequency sounds

Heavy metal music

5. True/False: Once a SIP building is constructed, it is extremely difficult to modify or attach an addition.
True

False

6. Which statement is NOT true?
It is easier to meet or exceed energy code requirements with SIP construction

SIP structures perform well in extreme conditions (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes)

SIP structures are more likely to be damaged by insects

Typical build cycles are shorter when building with SIPs

7. True/False: SIP structures can be built too tight.
True

False

8. What is the number one reason for building failures?
Fire

Insects

Wind

Water

9. Which of the following statements regarding super-insulated, airtight building enclosures is NOT correct:
Installation require more attention to detailing

Energy demand is reduced

HVAC design is less critical

The ability of the envelope to dry out is decreased

10. True/False: The rigid foam core used in SIPs makes SIP buildings more susceptible to fire.
True

False